FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2013 file photo the cruise ship Carnival Triumph is towed into Mobile Bay near Dauphin Island, Ala., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. A leak in a fuel oil return line caused the engine-room fire that disabled a Carnival cruise ship at sea, leaving 4,200 people without power or working toilets for five days, a Coast Guard official said Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)
Associated Press Release
MIAMI (AP) -- Carnival Corp. is seeking dismissal of lawsuits filed by passengers who endured days of difficult conditions aboard the disabled Triumph cruise ship.
The biggest case is a potential class action seeking to represent about 3,000 Triumph passengers. Carnival said in a motion filed last week in Miami federal court that its cruise tickets clearly state that passengers cannot file class actions against it.
Passenger lawyers have claimed that clause should be waived because Carnival was negligent in letting the ship sail because of past mechanical problems.
The Triumph was disabled by an engine fire Feb. 10 that stranded thousands of passengers onboard for days in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship was ultimately towed to Mobile for repairs.
Carnival also seeks dismissal of two other lawsuits filed by individual passengers.